Abantiades latipennis Tindale, 1932
Brown Ghost Moth, Pindi Moth
HEPIALIDAE ,   HEPIALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

Abantiades latipennis
Male

The caterpillars of this species dig vertical tunnels in the ground and are known to feed on the roots of:

  • Mountain Ash ( Eucalyptus regnans ), and
  • Messmates (Eucalyptus obliqua),

    both of MYRTACEAE.

    The caterpillars pupate at the bottom of their tunnel.

    These adult moths are grey-brown with variable white flashes and other more complex markings on the forewings. The hindwings are plain brown. The moths have unipectinate antennae. The male moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 18.2, pp. 60, 150.

    Axel Kallies,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 6,
    Ghost Moths - HEPIALIDAE and Allies
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2015, pp. 22-23.

    Norman B. Tindale,
    Revision of the Australian Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae) ,
    Records of the South Australian Museum,
    Volume 4, Part 4 (1935), pp. 530-532, figs. 54-56.


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    (updated 17 September 2011)